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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Australia's slow digital economy needs government innovation, says Ernst & Young

Noel Towell Slow internet and ponderous public service are keeping Australia in the digital slow lane.

Public Service union pledges 'fight of our lives'

Public servants demonstrating in Canberra in November last year.

Noel Towell The Australian Public Service is facing its worst industrial strife in 30 years.

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott's department told not to strike as bosses too busy

public servants.

Noel Towell PM&C managers too busy for public servants to strike, Immigration bosses say it's complicated.

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Parlez-vous ten grand? DFAT staffers cash in by speaking the lingo

Nice little earner: Fluent Mandarin speakers will find an extra $13,000 in their pay packets.

Noel Towell DFAT officials fluent in the international language of ka-ching.

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Over 4000 Tax Office workers vote to strike

The ATO says plans by workers to strike ahead of the close of financial year won't affect services to the community.

Noel Towell and Nassim Khadem Over 4000 Tax Office workers have voted to strike over pay and conditions just weeks before millions of Australians are due to start filing their annual tax returns.

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Immigration flight risk sparks dogfight over 'aerotropolis' home hijack bid

The building will marry best-practice campus-style workplace principles within a master-planned landscaped precinct.

Noel Towell Airport is hoping to land the newly-merged department at its giant business park.

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How to leave that public service job you hate

Noel Towell You can leave the lanyard behind, public servants told.

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Outsourcing of services is not like Fifty Shades-style bondage, boss warns

FOI documents reveal one public service department has had employees who used drugs intended for animals, manipulated jury duty, made claims for returned equipment and swapped clearance on biosecurity for VIP tickets.

Noel Towell Working out the power dynamic in the new Commonwealth public sector's Shared Services Centre will take a major cultural shift, says its chief executive.

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Public servants may stop stopping the boats

An asylum seeker boat carrying refugees arrives on Christmas Island on November 20, 2012. The

Noel Towell The "stop the boats" policy in the sights of public servants as they move towards a strike over pay and conditions.

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Underbelly 5: Australian Public Service

The true crime tales from the Australian Public Service could provide inspiration for an Underbelly series.

Noel Towell Courts hear true crime tales from the Australian Public Service.

Abbott government: We don't care what the weather man says

Industrial action at BoM

Noel Towell You won't clip our wings, Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment Bob Baldwin warns restless forecasters.

Department of Parliamentary Services secretary Carol Mills sacked

Former Department of Parliamentary Services Secretary Carol Mills.

Noel Towell Sacked Parliamentary Services boss Carol Mills says she is leaving the Parliament in better shape than she found it.

Bureau of Meteorology weathermen to clip politicians' wings


Noel Towell Public servants threaten to disrupt pollies' travel in and out of the capital.

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Fear of violence stalks front-line public service workers

Generic Centrelink sign.

Noel Towell Bosses urged to boost security at public service shopfronts after nearly 10,000 acts of aggression against staff in 12 months.

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ATO to abandon its tough tactics and take a more softly, softly approach

Australian Tax Office.

Noel Towell Tax Office public servants around the country are preparing to abandon the hard-nosed tactics used against ordinary taxpayers and small businesses.

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Tens of thousands clamour for APS jobs

Deluge: Thousands have applied for service delivery jobs at Centrelink, Medicare and the Child Support Agency.

Noel Towell There have been 41,000 applications for only 1250 public service jobs.

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ABS bosses blame government for public service wages stalemate

The Australian Bureau of Statistics building in Canberra. The bureau's 2800 public servants have been waiting for a wage offer for almost 10 months.

Noel Towell Unions say the Australian Bureau of Statistics' public servants have heard enough excuses.

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Comcare reform hostage to Senate


Noel Towell Coalition set to need crossbench to get its way on public service workers' compensation bill.

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Defence pay increase not backdated under latest Abbott government offer

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Defence Minister Kevin Andrews announcing the new papy offer on Wednesday.

Emma Kelly and Noel Towell The federal government wants to strip the nations diggers of $25 million in wages just days after sending them to a dangerous Middle Eastern war zone.

ATO takes in lodgers to help fill 6500 empty desks


Noel Towell The Tax Office is emerging as a major landlord to other public service departments as it tries to offload 6500 empty desk spaces it is paying for across Australia.

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